Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, today responded to the Australian Medical Association’s damning public hospital report card.
“The Abbott government is holding the country’s health to ransom in a transparent effort to force the states into begging for the GST to rise,” said Senator Di Natale.
“When governments play politics with health funding it’s the Australian public that pay the price. And today’s report card from the AMA shows the real world consequences of treating health care as a bargaining chip.
“It confirms that hospital beds are already failing to keep pace with inflation and waiting lists are growing. The Abbott government’s decision to rip more than $50 billion out of hospitals over the next decade will only see that problem get much worse.
“By reducing its responsibility for hospitals and walking away from activity-based funding, the federal government has made it easier to engage in cost-shifting and blame games between governments.
“The health budget should be viewed as a priority, as an investment in the nation. If Tony Abbott is going to hold the nation’s health to ransom then the Greens will continue to hold him to account because the Australian people deserve much better.”
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